The Moriarty Performing Arts Center is a professional quality performing arts facility for the high school’s music, dance and theatre programs, in addition to serving as an entertainment venue for Moriarty’s small rural community.
Serving to anchor a new campus entrance, the 600-seat Performing Arts Center was located per master plan to reduce impact on an adjacent residential area. Blending with its surroundings during the day, the building’s street-facing open lobby is a glowing beacon at night, visible for miles.
The architectural design plays off the palette of the campus using decorative concrete masonry bearing walls. Inside the lobby, FBT designed an open structure utilizing inexpensive materials to maximize the budget and exposed the structural elements and building systems. A solar PV array on the auditorium’s south-facing roof ties into the campus grid for maximum energy performance and offsets the electrical demand of the project. Lobby sun-shading helps control radiation from the New Mexican sun throughout the year.